Public Comments for: HB174 - Campaign finance; out-of-district contribution limits, civil penalty.
Last Name: Alley Locality: Albemarle County Earlysville Virginia

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Dear Privileges and Elections Committee Members, I urge the committee to vote in favor of the Right to Vote Amendment and the associated referendum bills: HJ9 and HB130. Passing the amendment places the responsibility for this important decision where it should be – with Virginia's voters during the 2022 elections. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Beth Alley

Last Name: Nicholls Locality: Chesapeake

HB71 - VEPCO's comments on 2/1/22 were that they had first amendment rights. They do, but NOT to run this state and its people into the ground in the name of profits. Virginia: owned and operated by VEPCO is a saying that should not occur but it is. HB85, HB174, 205, 524, 575, 973, 1296, 1302 - This helps the people. Please move to report.

Last Name: Morgan Organization: VA Chapter of American Promise Locality: Alexandria

Nancy Morgan on HB 174. Our good governance group, the Va Chapter of American Promise supports the principle behind this bill. States should have the right to regulate election spending and limit monies coming into the States and individual Districts. Unfortunately that is not the case because of 40 years of Supreme Court rulings. Because of that, there might be a potential of litigation related to the provisions of this bill; this did happen in Alaska which tried to limit out of state monies from supporting state elections. But we strongly believe that the principle behind Del Bloxom’s bill is sound. Virginia should join with 21 other States who are pushing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to do exactly that, allow Virginia to regulate election spending.

Last Name: Morrissey Organization: Money Out Virginia/American Promise Locality: Sterling, Loudoun County

Our team from Money Out Virginia, the VA affiliate of the nation-wide American Promise campaign finance reform advocacy organization, worked hard this past year with the "Joint Subcommittee to Study Comprehensive Campaign Finance Reform," and produced a "Citizens' Report" for the Subcommittee that articulated principles and priorities for improving transparency, preventing corrupt campaign finance practices and moving towards more equity in campaign financing in Virginia elections. The partnership between the Subcommittee and Money Out Virginia has resulted in a series of important bills that improve the requirements, process and electronic infrastructure for disclosure of campaign donations. We strongly support Delegate Bulova's HB 492, HB495, and HB500, Delegate Helmer's HB489, Delegate Anderson's HB86 and Delegate Davis' HB125, which provides for penalties for violations of disclosure laws. We also support Delegate Bulova's HJ53 to extend the mandate of the Joint Subcommittee so that we can continue our partnership in developing sensible campaign finance reforms for Virginia.

Last Name: Matin Locality: Fairfax

This bill will prevent equal access to office by allowing wealthy candidates to finance their own campaigns. I oppose this bill because it puts many highly qualified candidates at a disadvantage when they don’t have access to campaign funds . Revise the entire campaign finance system before putting more power into the hands of those with money.

Last Name: Antonides Locality: Arlington

I oppose H.B. 174 because it prevents grassroots contributions to campaigns while allowing unlimited self-funding so that wealthy candidates -- or corrupt candidates who accept gifts outside of campaign contributions -- will have an unfair financial advantage.

Last Name: Martin Locality: Fairfax

Voting is a constitutional right. Any law that restricts rather than expands our constitutional right & DUTY to vote is simply voter suppression. We must not repeal any expansions of absentee ballots. Do not decrease early voting. - extend the number of days allowed. Do not eliminate any ballot box locations- expand. We have no need to re-register absentee ballots every year. No excuse absentee voting is absolutely crucial. The state must provide easy and free access to voter ID if a photo is required. Since the USPS has slowed considerably, we must keep the 3 day rule for receiving ballots after election day. All local elections must be on Election Day (in Nov). Election Day should be a holiday. Until we do a complete overhaul of campaign finance & eliminate dark money/special interests there must be no restrictions on outreach, education & registration or from where a candidate may collect funds. Voter registration up to and including Election Day is absolutely crucial to ensure all citizens vote. I support all bills expanding our rights and abilities to make voting as easy as possible. I oppose all bills attempting to restrict any access to our ballot and our vote. The process is too important for the elected officials to be able to restrict us from our duty to be informed voters. Keep expanding our rights. Do not restrict, suppress or subvert them.

Last Name: Karabinos Locality: Chesterfield

Any and ALL Out of district funding sources, INCLUDING Party money should be banned from Virginia Elections or National Elections in Virginia. Individual election contributions should be limited to $200 per year total. Non-individual contributions should be banned. No PACs no Businesses no Unions should contribute money to an election. Elections select representatives of the people, not incorporated entities.

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